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Title

Beating Mr. Turgenev: "The Execution of Tropmann" and Hemingway’s Aesthetic of Witness

Author

Mark Cirino

Document Type

Article

Citation

Cirino, Mark. “Beating Mr. Turgenev: ‘The Execution of Tropmann’ and Hemingway’s Aesthetic of Witness.” Hemingway Review 30, no. 1 (Fall 2010): 31-50.

Annotation

Explores the artist’s responsibility to observe and depict death, comparing Hemingway’s themes with those in Turgenev’s 1870 essay. Argues that although Hemingway enjoyed Turgenev’s work, his treatment of death more closely aligns with that of Fyodor Dostoevsky, who mocked Turgenev for diverting his gaze during an execution. Through a close examination of passages from “Indian Camp,” The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and Death in the Afternoon, Cirino demonstrates the author’s belief that violent death must be witnessed to be authentically represented.

Published in

Hemingway Review

Volume

30

Issue

1

Date

Fall 2010

Pages

31-50

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